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NRSC Endorses AM IBOC for DaytimeOnly

By John Battison, technical editor, RF

Washington, DC - Mar 21, 2002 - The NRSC's AM IBOC working group will potentially recommend to the FCC that Ibiquity's AM IBOC is suitable for use during daytime hours only. The committee's results show that AM IBOC during the day yields performance comparable to that of FM IBOC. Nighttime operation of the AM IBOC system has outstanding issues due to first- and second-adjacent channel problems. Ibiquity has already stated that it does not expect AM IBOC to work via sky wave signals because of the three subcarriers that occupy the 15kHz mask. This means that AM IBOC will rely solely on ground wave propagation.

With ground wave coverage, the AM IBOC system provides satisfactory results to the 2mV/m contour and sometimes as far out as the 0.6mV/m contour. Stereo AM IBOC sounds like good FM stereo. As the AM IBOC signal degrades, it "glides" to sound like FM mono and then deteriorates from there. This may come as a big surprise to some if there is no nighttime operation. One has to ask if it will be worthwhile for stations to use the system only during the day.

Overall, the AM IOC signal is very robust, but it suffers from the usual AM problems and may limited by first- and second-adjacent problems. The NRSC committee will present its findings on April 6 at NAB for approval by the NRSC.

Two Philly Streamers Join Arbitron PPMTrial

New York - Mar 18, 2002 - Two Philadelphia-area radio stations have begun encoding their Internet-streamed audio signals for the U.S. market trial of the Portable People Meter (PPM). WDEL-AM (1150) and WSTW-FM (93.7) are using separate Arbitron encoders to differentiate over-the-air audio from Internet-streamed audio. The distinct station identification codes - one for broadcast, one for the Internet - will allow the PPMs being carried by Philadelphia consumers to distinguish between exposure to the over-the-air signal and exposure to the Internet-streamed audio.

Arbitron endorses the streaming additions as a further demonstration of the concept that the PPM can accommodate the measurement of Webcast audiences.

Arbitron Updates RADAR NetworkService

New York - Mar 12, 2002 - Arbitron will begin using its radio diary database to increase the sample size used to tabulate the audience estimates for the its RADAR network radio ratings service beginning with the release of the RADAR 73 network radio ratings report in June 2002.

RADAR, an acronym for Radio's All Dimension Audience Research, is a national radio ratings service that measures audiences to radio commercials aired on 31 radio networks operated by ABC Radio Networks, American Urban Radio Networks, Premiere Radio Networks and Westwood One Radio Networks. Arbitron acquired the RADAR radio network ratings service from Statistical Research, Inc. in July 2001.

The service currently produces its estimates using a 12-month, 12,000-person telephone survey in combination with the industry-standard commercial clearance collection system. Beginning with the release of the RADAR 73 report in June of 2002, Arbitron will use 12,500 diaries in each of the most current quarterly periods of the 12-month RADAR survey and will drop 3000 telephone interviews from each of the earliest quarterly periods of the previous 12-month RADAR survey. By the release of RADAR 76 in March 2003, RADAR reports will be based on an annual sample of 50,000 radio diaries - more than four times the current sample.

CEA Supports FM IBOC

Arlington, VA - Mar 11, 2002 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission endorsing the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) conclusion that FM in-band, on-channel (IBOC) digital audio broadcast (DAB) is a significant improvement over today's analog FM broadcast service.

The CEA stated in its comments that the adoption of a single technical standard is crucial if FM IBOC DAB technology is to be "as successful and ubiquitous in the marketplace as analog FM technology." CEA continued by stressing the importance of ensuring all receiver manufacturers have fair and reasonable access to IBOC DAB technology, stating that the standard the Commission adopts "must meet the same criteria with respect to intellectual property as the open standards that are developed by CEA and other standards development organizations."

The CEA also suggested that FM broadcasters who begin IBOC DAB transmissions should meet the same interference resolution requirements as those who initiate analog transmissions with new or modified facilities. The CEA takes the position that limited interference that might occur from IBOC DAB broadcasts to existing analog FM service would not fit the definition of "blanketing interference," and recommends that the Commission take measures to promptly correct any interference that might occur. According to its statement, "CEA believes that by allowing the introduction of FM IBOC DAB technology, the Commission will enable receiver manufacturers, broadcasters and the general public to enjoy the benefits of improved radio service in the FM band."

Radio Sonora and CBC to receiveInternational Broadcasting Excellence Award

Washington, DC - Mar 8, 2002 - Radio Sonora, Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) are to be presented with the National Association of Broadcasters' 2002 International Broadcasting Excellence Awards at the International Dinner, April 10, at NAB2002 in Las Vegas.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is recognized in the network category for its unique innovations and effective utilization of resources to advance the business of broadcasting. Specifically, the CBC is being lauded for its National Satellite DVC project, a system of advanced video coding and modulation technologies that has created an efficient network for the distribution of multiple television programs by satellite. The CBC design has provided a unique new tool for broadcasters to distribute their programming with high video quality and high spectrum efficiency, maximizing the value of the satellite transponder asset. The DVC project permitted the conversion of CBC English Television's satellite distribution network from a fully analog to a fully digital system.

Radio Sonora of Jakarta, Indonesia, is recognized in the single station category for its sustained efforts to improve the lives of its listening audience through local public affairs programming and off-air community service. Radio Sonora strives to meet the constant news and information needs of its listeners on-air 24-hours a day. Beyond programming, Radio Sonora runs blood drives, provides food for the needy and raises funds for charities. Radio Sonora's response to the tragic Jakarta floods in January has been phenomenal. Station employees not only coordinated flood victim assistance, they opened a bank account for people wanting to help, collected food and medicine, and even purchased three rubber boats to distribute vital commodities.

Denon and Marantz To Merge

Mar 7, 2002 - Amsterdam and Tokyo - Marantz Japan Inc., its largest shareholder (49%), Royal Philips Electronics, and Denon Ltd, its largest shareholder (98%), Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C. have established D&M Holdings Inc., a joint holding company to merge the operations of Marantz and Denon. The transaction is expected to close by May 2002 and will create a single entity in the home theatre and audio-video market, while maintaining the established Marantz and Denon brands. D&M Holdings will employ approximately 1,650 people around the world and will succeed Marantz as a publicly traded concern on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE II: 6799).

The basic terms for the establishment of D&M Holdings are:

  • Marantz and DENON will set up D&M Holdings with its head office in Sagamihara City, Japan.
  • Tatsuo Kabumoto, the current chairman and representative director and CEO of Marantz, will become the president and CEO of D&M Holdings.
  • All shares of both Marantz and Denon will be transferred to D&M Holdings, making both entities wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • Mitsushige Sakamoto, the current representative director of Denon, will become president and CEO of Denon while Takashi Sato, the current president and COO of Marantz will become president and CEO of Marantz.
  • Existing Marantz shareholders will receive one share of D&M Holdings for each Marantz share, and existing Denon shareholders will receive 0.4416 shares of D&M Holdings for each Denon share.
  • Ownership of Marantz shareholders and Denon shareholders in D&M Holdings will be 30% and 70%, respectively.
  • Philips and Ripplewood will have stakes of 14.7% and 68.6% in D&M Holdings, respectively.
  • D&M Holdings will be listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    Following establishment of D&M Holdings, the research and development, production and purchasing, and financial control activities of the two companies will be combined as soon as possible, to reinforce their competitive edge and deliver the identified synergies. The Denon and Marantz brand names will be maintained, as well as their sales and marketing and brand specific product and unique distribution channel.

Six More Stations Join Arbitron's PPMTrial

New York - Mar 7, 2002 - Arbitron has signed six additional radio stations serving the Philadelphia DMA to encode their audio signal for the U.S. market trial of the Portable People Meter (PPM). Since the second phase of the U.S. market trial began on January 7, 2002, WAEB-FM, WCTO-FM, WKXW-FM, WLEV-FM, WRFY-FM and WZZO-FM have joined the 38 Philadelphia-area radio stations that have already been participating in the PPM trial during 2001, bringing the radio total to 44 stations. Eight TV stations and 22 cable networks in the Philadelphia market are also participating.

Since January 7, Arbitron has also recruited more than 1,150 consumers out of a planned total of 1,500 consumers who will be outfitted with the new passive audience measurement device. The Portable People Meter automatically reports a listener's exposure to the stations and cable networks that are currently encoding their audio signals for the U.S. market trial.

Arbitron intends to recruit the entire planned panel of 1,500 consumers, age six and older, by the end of March 2002. In the second and final phase of the U.S. market trial, Arbitron plans to give the industry its first direct look at individual station ratings for radio stations, television stations and cable networks generated by the Portable People Meter in the Philadelphia market. These estimates will be compared with individual station and cable network ratings delivered by current audience measurement systems.

The PPM is a pager-sized device that is carried by consumers. It automatically detects inaudible codes that TV and radio broadcasters as well as cable networks embed in the audio portion of their programming using encoders provided by Arbitron. At the end of each day, the survey participants place the meters into base stations that recharge the devices and send the collected codes to Arbitron for tabulation. The meters are equipped with a motion sensor that allows Arbitron to monitor the compliance of the PPM survey participants every day � a quality control feature unique to the Arbitron Portable People Meter in the realm of media research.

Appellate Court AffirmsSwitchcraft Innocence

Chicago - Feb 28, 2002 - The U. S. Court of Appeals in Washington affirmed Switchcraft's summary judgment win against Neutrik in regard to Switchcraft's HPC connector series. The appellate court confirmed that Switchcraft has not violated Neutrik's U.S. Patent No. 5205749 on the Speakon connector, or any Neutrik "trade dress" (Neutrik dropped its trademark claims before the appeal). In its decision, the appellate court states that "the district court did not err in its conclusion that the Switchcraft socket does not infringe the '749 patent as a matter of law".

Keith Bandolik, president of Switchcraft, stated, �We are obviously pleased with the court's ruling confirming that our HPC connector does not infringe on Neutrik�s patent or other intellectual property. We have taken the HPC product line to another level by offering features that include a wider variety of cord and in-line plug connectors, weather-tight seals, and the fact it does not require rotating the cord plug connector to make contact.� A complete copy of the appellate court's ruling can be reviewed at

The HPC Series is a complete line of high-current panel and cord mount connectors developed and manufactured by Switchcraft to be compatible with the Neutrik Speakon series.

Note: Speakon is a registered trademark of Neutrik

Local plans for XM?

Washington - Mar 5, 2002 - XM Satellite Radio has received a patent from the United States Patent office (patent number US 6,347,216 B1) that describes "a method for communicating geographic specific services to a receiver in a satellite communications network." In short, the patent covers technology that would allow the XM terrestrial repeaters to broadcast information based on the receiver's location. This technology would provide a means for XM to deliver local information, such as data or commercials, to its receiver base.

The NAB filed an Ex Parte Communication with the FCC about the matter, stating that XM "has recently obtained a patent on technology intended to do precisely what XM told the Commission it would not - use its growing network of terrestrial repeaters to provide locally differentiated advertising and programming." It is no surprise that the NAB would file such remarks based on its stance against satellite radio as a whole and further opposition to any potential new entry into local program origination. In its letter to the FCC, the NAB cites many references by XM that the satellite broadcaster had repeatedly stated that it would never begin local program insertion into the terrestrial network.

XM's terrestrial repeaters have been built to support its satellite-based service. Broadcasters had fought the repeater network, but eventually said they can live with the repeaters as long as they don't support locally based radio services. On March4, NAB President Eddie Fritts said that he was "astonished" to learn that XM acquired the patent and added, "this development indicates that the FCC International Bureau has either dropped the ball, or that XM believes it does not have to play by the rules. Regardless, XM's lack of candor suggests it is time for FCC Chairman Powell and the individual FCC commissioners to put a halt to this ruse of a terrestrial repeater network."

XM noted that the patent filing was made as part of a normal business routine in an effort to keep technology that the company discovers. In a phone call placed to XM, Charles Robins, director of public relations, stated that XM completely agrees with the NAB: XM is a national broadcaster and has no interest in local program origination.

The fact that XM is developing its own technology is perfectly legal and carries no ill intent or deception. NAB has opposed the terrestrial repeaters used by both XM and Sirius for fear that they will compete with existing terrestrial radio stations for local audience. The satellites broadcasters' licenses do not allow local program origination on the terrestrial network.


Shure EstablishesSubsidiary to Sell Direct in Germany

Evanston, IL - Mar 13, 2002 - Shure Incorporated, manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, today announced that it is establishing a new company called Shure Distribution GmbH. This new wholly-owned subsidiary of Shure Europe GmbH will begin direct sales to Shure dealers in Germany beginning June 1, 2002.

Along with direct sales to Shure dealers in Germany, Shure Distribution will be provide customer support, order fulfillment, and post-sales support. An important part of this support includes the Shure Applications Team, a group dedicated to providing service and technical support. With specialists in various fields such as touring sound, installed sound, and broadcast, the team offers product training for retailers, consulting services for large installation projects and special events, as well as seminars and courses for universities, colleges, and trainee apprentices.

Shure Distribution GmbH is located in the same offices as is Shure Europe GmbH in Heilbronn, Germany. Bernd Friedel joins the new company as director of sales and marketing.

Electro-Voice Celebrates75th Anniversary

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Burnsville, MN - Feb 28, 2002 - Telex Communications announces the 75th anniversary of Electro-Voice, a professional audio company and manufacturer of wired/wireless microphones, loudspeakers, power amplifiers, electronics, and mixing consoles for music industry, fixed installation, commercial sound, concert sound, broadcast, aviation, and military applications.

Originally founded in 1927 by Al Kahn and Lou Burroughs in South Bend, IN, Electro-Voice has grown into one of the giants of the professional audio industry. Having taken its name from a P.A. system designed for the Notre Dame football coach legend Knute Rocke - who called the system his �electric voice� - Electro-Voice has earned a high reputation in the microphone industry.

EV was first recognized for the invention of the humbucking coil in 1934 and the noise-canceling microphone in 1942 - two advances that put Electro-Voice�s annual production near 1 million microphones. The company was also among the first to use Alnico magnets, which substantially improved frequency response and handling noise. The development of Acoustalloy, a synthetic plastic, made dynamic microphones practical for studio use. Electro-Voice, besides receiving a special war citation at the end of WWII for the development of the T-45 lip microphone, won an Academy Award in 1963 for their advances in the world of film sound with the 642 shotgun mic. EV also made significant contributions to the sound of jazz, blues, and rock n� roll. Another development - Variable-D - prevents proximity effect, the up-close bass boost, and provides a more uniform frequency response. Variable-D is a key feature of the RE20. More recently, EV was the first to bring Neodymium-based N/DYM dynamic microphones to market.

Digibid Teams With Ebay

Sandy Hook, CT - Mar 15, 2002 - Digibid (, an Internet-based auction company, has teamed with Ebay to create the online Pro Outlet Center for entertainment technology equipment. The agreement will enable manufacturers, dealers and distributors of products to use Digibid's platform to reach Ebay's 42 million registered users in a highly visible yet cost-effective and efficient manner.

Digibid was developed to manage the auction sales operations for retailers and equipment manufacturers as well as large end-users that want to liquidate new, used, overstock, B-stock, returns and other merchandise. Digibid previously signed a software agreement with Ebay and announced that Digibid would integrate its auction management software platform on Ebay's trading platform.

Wireready NSI to Offer FreeNewsroom System

Northborough, MA - Mar 13, 2002 - Wireready NSI, the manufacturer of Wireready32 studio automation, sales and newsroom software for radio broadcast facilities, will offer its Windows-based Electronic Newsroom system for free beginning April 1.

After achieving multi-million dollar sales of electronic newsroom software over the past 15 years, WireReady has announced that it will now provide free software licenses to radio stations. Stations will qualify for and receive free newsroom software licenses when they purchase Salesready32 telephone sales, client tracking and customer service software. With this decision, Wireready joins the ranks of Metro Networks, Associated Press and others, who provide free electronic newsroom software as part of bundled offerings.

Mackie Teams with Peak Audio

Frankfurt, Germany - Mar 13, 2001 - Mackie has reached a licensing agreement with Peak Audio to permit the incorporation of Peak Audio's CobraNet technology into current and future Mackie, EAW and RCF products. CobraNet is real-time digital audio distribution technology that enables the transportation of audio and control data over 100Mb Ethernet networks.

Harris awarded FAA Contract

Melbourne, FL- Mar 7, 2002 - Harris Corporation announced a $26 million addition to its Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). WARP is a next-generation weather and radar processor designed to consolidate weather data from several sources into a single, integrated display to support air traffic operations. The contract addition provides hardware and software maintenance and continuing support of the program through September 2004. The current award is a follow-on to the original $72.5 million design and development contract that was awarded to Harris in July 1996. Further awards and options could increase the overall contract value for Harris to more than $125 million by 2004.

Patriot Antenna Systems AcquiresADL

Albion, MI - March 4, 2002 - Patriot Antenna Systems, formerly Satellite Export and Engineering, has purchased antenna-feed company Antenna Downlink, more commonly recognized throughout the receive-antenna industry as ADL. ADL will continue to do business under this name.

With this acquisition, Patriot Antenna Systems now carries more than 30 different types of feeds for both circular and linear polarities in both C and Ku frequencies. Patriot also offers a new VSAT transmit/receive line of antennas.

Production facilities have been moved from ADL's parent company in Simi Valley, CA, to Patriot�s manufacturing facility in Albion, MI. Product will continue to be available to past and present ADL customers, as well as those customers of Patriot by March 1, 2002.

RDA Systems Completes HBC LA Project

Los Angeles - Mar 5, 2002 - RDA Systems successfully completed another radio integration project for Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation consisting of the design, wiring, and installation of a five-station, 12-studio broadcast facility.

The new broadcast facility houses a 30-rack technical operations center, four control rooms, a newsroom, and seven production studios.

RDA arrived in Los Angeles in July, 2001 to begin the first installation phase of the project, the TOC. After completing the TOC, RDA returned to begin the studio installation phase on September 4th. The first station, KLVE-FM, was cutover on September 13th, followed by KRCD/KRCV-FM, and KTNQ-AM. The last station to be cutover was KSCA-FM, on September 22.

The control rooms are using Digital Airwave consoles. A combination of Mackie 8*32 consoles and BMX III consoles were installed in the remaining 12 studios. Among some of the new equipment housed in the TOC includes ATI digital DAs, Audioarts 8400 analog DAs, and a SAS 64000 audio router.

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Sirius Starts in Houston

Houston - Feb 14, 2002 - At a commemorative launch event at Best Buy, Dom Capers, head coach of Houston's new football franchise (second from right) stops by to check out another new addition to the Houston area, Sirius Satellite Radio.

Sirius Satellite Radio began service in Jackson, Denver, Houston and Phoenix, broadcasting 100 channels of digital radio to motorists. Sirius delivers 60 channels of completely commercial-free music and 40 sports, news and entertainment channels.

Also pictured are Sam Longoria, Best Buy store manager (left), Michael Manske, buyer, car audio (right) and Guy Johnson EVP, sales and marketing for Sirius.

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Category Directors Named atShure

Evanston, IL - Mar 22, 2002 - Shure Incorporated, manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, has appointed three new category directors to manage the company's microphone, DSP, personal monitor, and phonograph products. Rick Frank now serves as the category director of microphone products, while Scott Sullivan becomes the category director for personal monitor and phonograph products. Bob Rieder assumes the title of category director for audio processing products.

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Rick Frank, a veteran of the Shure marketing division since 1989, was previously the senior manager of marketing for microphone products. Frank is a key influencer in the KSM studio condenser microphone line, the Beta line, and T-Series Wireless.

Scott Sullivan brings wide-ranging and relevant experience to his new role, having spent four years as Shure's marketing manager of personal monitor products. Sullivan has been the marketing manager for all PSM product introductions, making Shure the industry sales leader in that category.

Bob Rieder has been with Shure for the past two years and was formerly Shure's manager of audio processing products. He has been instrumental in the development of the company's new P4800 digital signal processor.

Each category director is responsible for product management and marketing activities within his respective areas. Frank and Sullivan will report to Mark Brunner, managing director of Shure's musical instrument and touring sound business unit. Rieder will report to Rob Cappucci, managing director of Shure's sound contracting and broadcast business unit.

Micro CommunicationsWelcomes Malanga

Manchester, NH - Mar 22, 2002 - Micro Communications Inc. (MCI) announces that Frank Malanga has joined its sales department. Malanga has an extensive background in customer service and engineering management, dealing with filters and other RF applications and will be working as a sales engineer for MCI.

Aeta Audio Hires Val�rieRacinet

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Mar 21, 2002 - Aeta Audio has added Val�rie Racinet to the company as of March 4 to take over international sales.

Racinet has been working for 12 years for a subsidiary of Air Liquide Group in the medical devices and hospital engineering in the export field, specializing in business in South America.

Racinet hopes to follow and maintain the good business relationships settled by former export manager, Christian Bouchez. Racinet speaks English, Spanish and some Portuguese.

RF Parts Hires New SalesManager

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San Marcos, CA - Mar 20, 2002 - Annette Williams, former vice president of PM of America, Inc. for Svetlana ceramic tube sales, joins the RF Parts sales staff. Williams brings considerable power tube experience to RF Parts, strengthening the company's presence in the power tube industry throughout the world.

Stardraw Welcomes New TeamMember

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London - Mar 19, 2002 - announces the recent appointment of Kevin Harrison to the position of symbols manager. Harrison has many years of experience in the audio and AV industry including several years of involvement with, so this appointment represents the formalization of his role within the Stardraw organization.

Stardraw's symbols manager is the prime point of contact for any manufacturer who wishes to participate in the symbols libraries and for end users asking for library additions through the free Symbols-By-Request service. In this role, Harrison heads up the team responsible for symbols generation and enforces the qualitative standards to which all symbols must adhere.

Smarts Broadcast Systems HiresBurt

Emmetsburg, IA - Mar 18, 2002 - Smarts Broadcast Systems and its division, On Air Digital, have added Brenda Burt as a regional sales manager for all Smarts and On Air products.

Burt has worked in radio since the early 1980s. First in radio traffic and then at various sales positions within the radio industry. She has sold everything from music scheduling and jingles to syndication and broadcast hardware.

Burt will be working out of Dallas and can be reached toll-free at 866-777-7190, fax 214-722-2494, and e-mail

Sirius Hires ChiefTechnology Officer

New York - Mar 12, 2002 - Sirius Satellite Radio, the satellite radio broadcaster has named Terry Smith as vice president and chief technology officer. Smith, who comes to Sirius after more than 20 years with the Sarnoff Corporation, reports to Michael S. Ledford, senior vice president, engineering.

Smith spent the past decade working as Sarnoff's director, DTV professional systems, where he oversaw the development of digital television systems. During his 22 years at Sarnoff (formerly RCA Research Labs), he led the technical teams responsible for the development and implementation of satellite television for DIRECTV, HDTV and the world's first real-time MPEG2 video encoder, now widely used throughout broadcast and cable television, as well as DVD players. Smith also worked on the development of a variety of Emmy-award winning digital video technologies.

Smith, who earned degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Drexel University, holds or shares 16 U.S. patents in the field of television and digital television. At Sirius, he will be responsible for building up the receiver engineering team, as the company continues to expand.

Internet Watch

Stardraw and RCI Hammer OutPanelBuilder

London - March 18, 2002 - RCI Custom has signed a significant development and maintenance contract with software provider to create a new, web-based tool for the design and production of custom control and connection panels. PanelBuilder will be hosted on the RCI Custom website and allows registered users to design, specify and purchase custom panels using.

PanelBuilder is based on techniques seen in Stardraw applications for years, but it exploits software and Internet technology. PanelBuilder is resident on the Web server and works from within a browser, so there's nothing to download or install. It comprises a drag-and-drop interface linked to a complete library of all of RCI's panel products, so the user selects the panel he wants, drags on the connectors that are needed, and sets engraving, finishes, artwork and so on. The resultant design is linked in realtime to backoffice systems so that a user will get an automated quote instantaneously.

'.DJ' Domains Launched

Clearwater, FL - Mar 5, 2002 - Visiosonic, owners of an active Internet site for DJs, has launched name registration for the top-level domain extension ".DJ" at the company's home page,

Pricing for domain names with the .DJ extension is similar to the pricing for domain names bearing the .TV extension, and will average to be about $50 annually.

Visiosonic will offer premium names such as www. for $500 yearly. The company has priced at $100,000 per year. Their top-of-the-line domains and can be leased for $500,000 yearly. The company reports that a $50,000 premium name has already been registered by a UK entertainment company, and a U.S. record label has expressed interest in the domain.

The .DJ extension is the assigned two-letter country code for the Republic of Djibouti, in East Africa.

Musicmatch Radio MX Marks 100,000Subscribers

San Diego - Mar 6, 2002 - Musicmatch Radio MX music service recently announced the signing of its 100,000th subscriber. In addition, the service is sustaining a single-digit monthly churn rate, demonstrating that it is resonating with music fans worldwide by proving to be an online music service consumers are willing to pay for.